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Surfers Paradise Oneway Project Band Sketches 9-7-11

July 10, 2011

Part of the Surfers Paradise Festival here in the Gold Coast, The Oneway Project brought together art stalls, live graffiti art and live music in one little lane in Surfers. Despite being a cold day and being out of practice, I had heaps of fun trying to sketch the bands. Bonus points for being able to test drive an ipad for field work as well. Must endeavour to do more…
-Emmanuel Hernaez

Dolphins
Dolphins
Oceanics
Oceanics
Steph Pickett
Steph Pickett
Kwerkshoppe
Kwerkshoppe
Kwerkshoppe
The Winnie Coopers
Winnie Coopers
Winnie Coopers

Battles – Gloss Drop

June 5, 2011

Review by Kate Herrington

Thanks to the Skins Season 2 soundtrack, I fell in love with the New York rock band “Battles” earlier this year. Considering their debut album “mirrored” was released four years ago, some might call me a late bloomer, however I am now an obsessive fan driving home from the 4zzz studios to listen to their latest release – Gloss Drop.

This album flows beautifully through 12 sophisticated equations of diverse texture and speed. It sounds like these experimental boys have become quirkier since we last heard from them, taking us into a world where steel drums don’t sound cliché and hand claps are not indie.

This is the bands first release without the charismatic fourth member and vocalist Tyondai Braxton. Although there are numerous guest vocalist appearances, they do not compare, and I feel Battles work could be just as powerful if the album remained a voiceless abyss. Gloss Drop is wonderfully engaging, but as the CD spins I can’t help listening for a track to match the success of their most known song “Atlas”, it never comes.

For me, the music of Battles has an intensity that requires solo listening, and this release is no exception. Gloss Drop is quite an intense, enjoyable collection of tracks which will be on high rotation for those in the know.

Heartthrobs of Woodford

December 31, 2010

At a festival like Woodford, you’d be hard-pressed to not fall in love at least three times a day. With musicans and performers to suit anyone’s tastes, we in the 4ZZZ team have developed a few (minor) crushes.

The Bedroom Philosopher (pictured)

Performing at Woodford this year, singer, songwriter, actor, author and comedian (is there anything the guy doesn’t do?) Justin Heazlewood set the 4ZZZ team into bursts of giggles. With his witty social commentary, catchy tunes and nerdish appeal, The Bedroom Philosopher is a total catch. Spot him on Melbourne’s 86 tram. Post-modern indie heartthrob.



The girls from Baskery

 

These three rockin’ hot viking sisters brought a provocative, punkabilly passion to the stages of Woodford. A favourite amongst the 4ZZZ family, the Baskery girls are far more than pretty faces. Sweedish goddesses.

 Dan Mangan (pictured)

With his delightful ditties and humble nature, Dan Mangan is the type of boy you’d like your mother to meet. He wooed Woodford audiences with a string of toe-tapping tunes and even invited onlookers on stage for a sing-a-long session of “Robot”.Cuddly Canadian.

 

Tessa Nuku of Microwave Jenny

Fey and slender with a shows-stopper voice, Tessa stops hearts in their tracks even when she’s not singing. Seducing audiences with her graceful minimalism, this Wagga Wagga songstress is one to keep your eyes on. Femme fatale.

Gabby Huber of Dead Lettter Chorus (pictured)

This Sydney sweetheart no doubt stole the hearts of many with her darling vocie and ambrosial appeal. The antithesis of a “diva”, Gabby delighted us with her super friendly disposition. Cute as a button.

Tim Rogers of You Am I

Another object of 4ZZZ’s affections was Tim Rogers, the frontman of Australian rock band You Am I. Rogers performed with the band as well as playing a soft and lyrical solo set at this year’s festival. According to our Woodford producer, Gemma, Rogers is “sarcastic and bitter at the same time, yet really sweet, and his music is hauntingly beautiful”. Charming older man.

Kim Churchill

In contrast to Tim Rogers, 19-year-old Kim Churchill rates a mention for his boyish looks and cheeky stage antics. The guitarist and songwriter had a swarm of young females cheering for him during his performance with Jeff Lang at this year’s Woodford. Well, we think they were cheering for him… Smooth surfer style.

Mike Rosenberg a.k.a Passenger (pictured)

With his agreeable accent, lovelorn lyrics and comical on-stage capers, this Brighton-born troubadour is a charmer with the ladies (and presumably gents). Whilst he claims to lack the charisma of Hugh Grant, Passenger – a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg – managed to tickle the fancy of the 4ZZZ team. British balladeer.

The 4ZZZ Woodford team wishes you a Happy New Year & hopes all your crush-related dreams come true in 2011!

Got your gumboots?

December 29, 2010

Mud and music are a match made in heaven, especially when it comes to Woodford.

Sure the past three days have been filled with bouts of torrential rain, but that hasn’t stopped festival goers from gathering en masse.

Perhaps the rain, mud and swampish campsites are a positive, as undercover music venues have become a place of warmth, solitude and (corny, but true) bonding.

Aside from the multitude of music offerings, the 2010/11 festival is packed with parades, workshops, dance parties and a bevy of new street performers (who you might be meeting in subsequent blog posts – shssh!).

Whether you’re celebrating with us, or on the other side of the country, 4ZZZ sends you Woodford-style love!

Who The Eff Stole My Year?? and other fine stories for the month of December…

December 1, 2010

That’s right, it’s December 2010.. and it’s slightly depressing to think of how all good years must come to an end. To celebrate the year that was, the staff here at 4ZZZ will be putting up some of their favourite albums of the year in the weeks leading up to the New Year!

To start things off, I’d thought I’d share just a few memorable moments in music from 2010. I tried to create a list of my 10 favourite releases, but failed miserably and couldn’t bare to chisel it down from 17. These are in no particular order, so enjoy!


Mountain Man Made The Harbor (USA) Spunk Records, June

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis The Road Soundtrack (Australia) Mute/EMI, January

Eddy Current Suppression Ring Rush To Relax (Melbourne) Shock Records, February

Caught Ship Start Dencing Dad, Start Dencing(Footscray) New Weird Australia/Bedroom Suck

Cup Suits/Skerreks Cup Suits/Skerreks (Brisbane) Unique Beautiful Flowers, July

Kyu Kyu (Sydney) Pop Frenzy, September

My Disco Little Joy (Melbourne) Shock/Mistletone, September

King Khan & BBQ Show Invisible Girl (Canada) In The Red, February
Blonde Redhead Penny Sparkle (USA) 4AD/Remote Control, September
Lewis O’Leary Eating The Afterbirth (Brisbane) Independent release, April

Gareth Liddiard Strange Tourist (Melbourne) Shock Records, October
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding Para Vista Social Club (Melbourne) Independent release, July
The Black Keys Brothers (USA) Shock Records, May

White Woods Bellplay (Melbourne) Sensory Projects, May
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings I Learned The Hard Way (USA) Daptone Records/Shock, March
Fabulous Diamonds Untitled II (Melbourne) Chapter Music, May

Women Public Strain (Canada) Jagjaguwar/Inertia, August

Liza Harvey

Fizzy Good Make Feel Nice (Highly Suggested Fun Times for the Weekend)

November 18, 2010

The Bleeding Knees Club
Friday November 19th
Woodland Bar
18+
$5
Good times to be had by all


Gareth Liddiard (The Drones)
Friday November 19th
The Old Museum
18+
$25.50 Oztix
Songs to melt your brain to


TWIN PEAKS THEMED PARTY!!
w/The Keep On Dancin’s
Saturday November 20th
18+
FREE before 10pm, $5 after

Many a good theme song to dance to – or murder to

… Admit it, everyone likes free stuff (New Weird Australia)

November 14, 2010

Come on, you have to admit it. When it comes to music especially, nothing can top getting it for free – especially legally!

New Weird Australia is an organization based down south that loves to give give and give music away with compilation albums available for free download every two months. These compilations are fantastic and include new, interesting, weird and experimental music from around Australia. Artists involved with the New Weird Australia compilations include Alps, Paint Your Golden Face, Bum Creek, Caught Ship, Justice Yeldham, Ambrose Chapel and Anna Chase amongst other undiscovered delights.

I highly recommend New Weird Australia to anyone and everyone as it’s a fantastic way to discover the fantastic music that Australia has to offer. Check out their website here and enjoy!

Liza Harvey

Bleeding Knees Club, Virginity.

November 14, 2010

Sometimes, the dreams of youth feature musical aspirations. You know what I’m talking about; those conversations with friends that go a little something like this:

“You know what, broseph? We should start a band.”
“Yeah, totally dude.”

Usually, this pipe dream goes no further than the list of names you’ve managed to scrawl on a beer-soaked napkin, with “Best Friendz Forevs” at the top. That is, unless you happen to be the two chums from Brisbane who decided to call themselves Bleeding Knees Club.

These guys write tunes about the four pillars of youth: the opposite sex, resenting the elderly, parties and generally being raucous. The vocals are raw, the lyrics are simple and the music is as loose as they are. Virginity is an extremely infectious EP, with surf-come-garage-punk beats that make my little teenage heart pound faster than housewives at a Boxing Day sale.

Recently added to the No Years line-up, Bleeding Knees Club is also playing Woodland on the 19th of November. It’s sure to be a riot.

Check out their site for more deets: http://thebleedingkneesclub.tumblr.com/

– Sophie.

Review: Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens.

November 2, 2010

I know what you’re thinking: “Heck yes, Sufjan Stevens is back! Better don my white choir robe, daisy chains, and head to the nearest open field for a frolic.” Well, hold your unicorns, guys; the god of indie folk pop has gone electronic, and I’m thinking you might want to take a seat for this one.

Futile Devices, the first track of the record, is a quiet and mellifluous song that probably belonged on an earlier album, like Seven Swans. From there, The Age of Adz gets progressively, well, crazier. The songs are still quintessentially Sufjan Stevens, with beautiful orchestral arrangements and those choir vocals, defining features all reminiscent of the majestic Illinois record. However, it seems that Sufjan Stevens has also recently developed a feel for next level beats and I’m guessing it’s because Bjork started teaching at his Sunday school.

A chaotic melange of indie folk pop and electronics may sound ugly, and at some points, the album leans a little that way, but yet again, Sufjan Stevens has proved to be an incredibly unique musician. The Age of Adz is certainly no letdown; it is a work of genius but it’s also FLIPPIN’ insane.

In this respect, I purport that Sufjan Stevens was abducted by aliens and wrote this album after returning to Earth, still spaced-out on moon drugs. There’s no other logical explanation. And when they finally find extraterrestrial life out there, I’m going to ask for the Sufjan Stevens treatment.

– Sophie.

Island Vibes 2010 – Coalition Crew vs Kelly Gang

November 2, 2010

Coalition Crew are joined onstage by Georgia Potter

Early on Saturday at the Sunshine stage Coalition Crew got the crowd up and dancing despite the heat and the hangovers. The final number saw the stage filled with other Brisbane hip hop artists including Georgia Potter, Pesto and Apex for a massive joint effort.